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LOUISVILLE, sometimes known as the "Falls City," is the largest city in
Kentucky and lies on a level plain extending for six miles along the Ohio River.
It was founded by Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1778, and named in honor of King
Louis XVI, of France. It received its city charter in 1828, when its population was about
10,000. In March, 1890, it was visited by a terrific tornado, which swept through the heart of
the city with a width of from 600 to 800 feet, levelling almost everything that stood in its way, destroy-
ing property to the value of three millions and killing seventy-six persons.
Since the Civil War, Louisville has rapidly grown in importance as one of the chief gateways of the
Southwest, and its trade, both by river and rail, is very large, the value of its manufactures in 1902 having
been forty-six millions five hundred thousand dollars. It is one of the largest tobacco markets in the world
and handles one-third of the tobacco raised in the United States. Its sales of Kentucky whiskey are also
extensive. Its other important industries are pork-packing, brewing, and the making of iron, farm-wagons,
ploughs, cement, leather, and cast-iron gas and water pipes.
Among the prominent buildings may be mentioned the Custom House, the Court House, the City Hall,
with its square clock-tower, and the University of Louisville. The Polytechnic Society of Kentucky, in
Fourth Street, contains 50,000 volumes, an art gallery, and a museum, including the Troost Collection of
Minerals. The Farmers' Tobacco Warehouse, in Main Street, has a storage capacity of nearly seven
thousand hogsheads and sells about thirty million pounds of leaf tobacco yearly.
One of the most interesting and beautiful parts of Louisville is the Cave Hill Cemetery, which lies on
the eastern margin of the city and is very prettily laid out. The high grounds in it command most exten-
sive views. Among the monuments in the cemetery is one to the family of George Keats, the younger
brother of the poet, who emigrated to the United States in 181 8 and died in Louisville in 1842.
The present population of Louisville is over two hundred thousand.
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THE COURT HOUSE
STATUE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
STATUE OF HENRY CLAY
THE CITY HALL
THE CUSTOM HOUSE
THE CUSTOM HOUSE
BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING
THE UNION STATION
LOUISVILLE MEDICAL COLLEGE
FOURTH AVENUE BETWEEN GREEN AND WALNUT STREETS
MAIN STREET WEST FROM THIRD
THE MASONIC THEATRE
THE LOUISVILLE HOTEL
ON THE LEVEE
FOURTH AVENUE BETWEEN CHESTNUT STREET AND BROADWAY
THE PENDENNIS CLUB
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
ENTRANCE TO CAVE HILL CEMETERY
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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
THE TAYLOR MONUMENT
THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT, PARK PLACE
CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS' HOME
ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL
THE NORTON INFIRMARY
THE INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND
FOUNTAIN IN CHEROKEE PARK
GRAND STAND OF THE LOUISVILLE JOCKEY CLUB
THE BATHING BEACH, WESTERN PARK
THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE